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ON THE BEAT
Professor Tommy Smith, saxophonist, composer and founder of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh on Thursday 17 January 2013 (pictured). Smith and the SNJO release an album in tribute to Duke Ellington on 13 March, to be reviewed in April JJ. The orchestra's live treatment of Duke's music last autumn received a glowing review in which Anthony Troon observed: "In the spirit of Newport 1956, Smith kicked off a blistering Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue during which he absolutely showed the late Paul Gonsalves where to get off" . . . The 40th anniversary of the last of Ellington's Sacred Concerts, at Westminster Abbey in 1973, is to be marked by a performance featuring 180 singers at the inaugural Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival on 2 March. David Ogden will conduct a collection of local choirs at Bristol's Colston Hall in a selection of pieces from the sacred series. The concert will also include singer Yolanda Quartey, tap dancer Junior Laniyan and the Big Buzzard Big Band, including Zoe Rahman on piano and Jonny Bruce on trumpet . . . Congratulations to Jordi Pujol, who received an award in Paris in January from L'Academie du Jazz for the work done by his label Fresh Sound . . . The New York Daily News reports that Kelly Peterson, widow of Oscar Peterson, is suing singer Hilary Kole for copyright infringement. According to the report, the action centres on four tracks Kole recorded with the late pianist in 2006 and then gave to an Internet radio station. Kelly Peterson is suing Kole for $1 million in damages and the return of the copied songs.

PROFILES
Big Jay McNeely bends over backwards to keep the people feeling good (and signs our winnable Willoughby books - see print edition to enter); saxophonist Mark Lockheart bends the spirit of Duke Ellington to a new purpose

LETTERS
Dave Frishberg drubbing; Simon Spillett's Hayes biography; Sir Charles Thompson; Bennie Green; Jessica Williams; . . . and more

BOOK REVIEWS
Shall We Play That One Together? (The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland); George Russell: The Story Of An American Composer; Gerald Wilson: A Discography

ON THE OTHER HAND
Dave Gelly reflects on jazz blighted by tardy licensing reform, killed off by Paul Morley and born again in Wardell Gray

WAYNE SHORTER
As Wayne Shorter releases Without A Net, his first album for Blue Note in over four decades, we publish a previously unpublished interview, done with the editor in 2002 shortly after Shorter had formed his 'Footprints' quartet with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade

JAZZ SAMBA

Following Simon Spillett’s salute to Jazz Samba in the January issue and 50 years after it opened a new avenue for jazz expression, Ken Avis describes the creation and legacy of the album that nobody minds hearing in the supermarket

PIANO JAZZ: TIME TO GET THE LINES RIGHT
The received wisdom concerning jazz piano – its genesis, its key figures and its very nature – is, argues Richard Palmer, in need of radically corrective revision. Part 7: Count Basie, Nat Cole, Hank Jones and John Lewis

JAZZ INFORMATION
Bob Weir digs the detail: Goon Show players, jazz in Iceland, the missing Art Pepper and more

DAN KILDARE
Ahead of the issue of Bear Family’s Black Europe boxed set Howard Rye traces the story of pianist Dan Kildare, who came to a sticky end near Oxford Circus in 1920. His WW1 string-band recordings in England long predated similar events in the US

OBITUARIES
Jim Godbolt, jazz journalist, agent and historian who brought real-world experience to his coverage of the British scene for over 60 years; George Gruntz, Swiss arranger and bandleader whose Concert Jazz Band undertook the first official jazz tour of China; Fontella Bass, singer of international R&B hit Rescue Me who married and recorded with trumpeter Lester Bowie of the AEC; Ravi Shankar, sitar virtuoso who recorded with Bud Shank, Paul Horn and Buddy Rich but not, apparently, with John Coltrane

ANEC-DOTAGE
Alan Luff reflects on more memorable gigs, in particular those featuring "the royal instrument" (so named after Ernie Royal) and including Miles Davis's favourite, Bobby Hackett

RECORD REVIEWS JJ offers unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz: we carry more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz right across the board in every issue. This month:

New issues reviewed
Aarset, Eivind: Dream Logic (ECM 371 3657)
Beasley, John/Darryl Jones/Ndugu Chancler: 3 Brave Souls (Challenge CR73357)
Beriaux, Fanny: Blow Up My World (Chamber CHCD 318)
Bernstein, Peter: Live At Smalls (smallsLIVE SL-0004)
Birchall, Nat: World Without Form (Sound Soul And Spirit NB002)
Blake, Ran/Sara Serpa: Aurora (Clean Feed CF264CD)
Bradstock, Burton: All Upon A Lovely Summer's Day (F-IRECD 58)
Davis, Jesse: Live At Smalls (smallsLIVE SL-0026)
Evans, Tommy: The Green Seagull (Jellymould JM 33009)
Fessor And His Jazz Kings: For Bunchy (Olufsen DOCD 5899)
Food: Mercurial Balm (ECM 370 9440)
Formanek, Michael: Small Places (ECM 370 9441)
Grdina's, Gordon Haram: Her Eyes Illuminate (Songlines SGL-2407-2)
Haines, Nathan: The Poet's Embrace (Warner Jazz 17384)
Halsall, Matthew: Fletcher Moss Park (Gondwana 007)
Harper, Winard/And Jeli Posse: Coexist (Jazz Legacy Productions 1201018)
Herwig, Conrad: A Voice Through The Door (Criss Cross 1352)
Higginbottom, Chris: Where Land Ends (F-IRE CD63)
Jazz Soul Seven: Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield (Challenge CR73356)
Kerecki, Stéphane: Sound Architects (Out Note OTN 017)
Lalama, Ralph: Bop Juice (smallsLIVE SL-0027)
London Swing Orchestra: The Roaring Twenties (Upbeat URCD249)
Longo, Mike: A Celebration Of Diz And Miles (CAP 1033)
Manington, Dave/Riff Raff: Hullabaloo (Loop 1015)
McCormack, Andrew: Live In London (Edition EDN 1037)
Meier, Nicolas: From Istanbul To Ceuta With A Smile (MGPCD009)
Miller, Mulgrew: & Kluver's Big Band (Stunt 12122)
Neon Quartet: Subjekt (Edition EDN 1036)
Paisean: Paisean (asc cd 141)
Pasborg, Stefan: Free Moby Dick (ILK 194)
Pédron, Pierrick: Kubic's Monk (ACT 9536)
Pope, Odean: Odean's Three (In+Out 77112)
Positive Catastrophe: Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo (Cuneiform Rune 336)
Riedel, Sarah/Carl Svensson/Viktor Skokic: Perfectly Still (Footprint FRCD 065)
Rosengren, Bernt: Plays Swedish Jazz Compositions (7P Machine AB/PB7 018)
Sanchez, Poncho: Live In Hollywood (Concord Picante CPI 34110)
Scenes In The City: The Man Who Never Sleeps: The Music Of Charles Mingus (Woodville WVCD138)
Stanko, Tomasz New York Quartet: Wislawa (ECM 371 3772)
Trieste Early Jazz Orchestra: Live In Rimini (TEJO/101)
Usonic: Diversion (G4DZ010)
Various: Head Radio: Retransmissions - A Tribute To Radiohead (ESC 3746)
Wiszniewski, Konrad/Euan Stevenson: New Focus (Whirlwind WR4629)

Reissues reviewed

Armstrong, Louis: Satchmo At Symphony Hall (hip-o-select.com 80016891)
Chet Baker: In Paris, The Complete Original Recordings (Master Jazz 8892858)
Brown, Sandy: The Swarbrick And Mossman Sides (Lake 313)
Davis, Miles: Steamin' + The New Miles Davis Quintet (Master Jazz 8892857)
Davis, Miles: Cookin' + Relaxin' (Master Jazz 8892854)
Davis, Miles: Workin' + The Musings Of Miles (Master Jazz 8892856)
Davis, Miles: Kind Of Blue (Master Jazz 8892859)
Ellington, Duke: The Complete Columbia Studio Albums 1951-58 (Sony Music 8697938882)
Ellis, Don: Autumn (FiveFour33)
Evans, Gil: Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (FiveFour32)
Freeman, Bud: Four Classic Albums Plus (Avid AMSC 1072)
Gilberto, Joao: The Boss Of The Bossa Nova (Malanga MM 816)
Jackson, Milt: Quintet & Sextet (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 730)
Jones, Thad/Mel Lewis Presenting Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra (BGO 1068)
Lawson, Hugh/Richard Wyands: Jazzcraft Studio Recordings 1977-78 (Storyviile 1038428)
Ory, Kid: The Kid From New Orleans (Upbeat URDC 236)
Pasadena Roof Orchestra: Fifteen Years On (Upbeat URCD 227)
Reeves, Dianne: I Remember (Pure Pleasure PPAN BST 90264)
Reinhardt, Django: The Complete Trios (Essential Jazz Classics EJC 55558)
Romane: Samois-sur-Seine (Frémeaux & Associés FA 543)
Shakatak: The Best Of Shakatak (Secret Records SECCD0063)
Shank, Bud: Four Classic Albums (Avid AMSC1071)
Shearing, George: On The Sunny Side Of The Strip + On Stage (Master Jazz 8892850)
Spaulding, James: Plays The Legacy Of Duke Ellington (Storyville 101 8423)
Stubblefield, John: Prelude (Storyville 101 8434)
Various: British Traditional Jazz – At A Tangent Vol. 1 (Lake 316)
Various: British Traditional Jazz – At A Tangent Vol. 2 (Lake 317)
Various: On The Road (Surco 060253711 6638)
Williams, Cootie: Cootie/Un Concert A Minuit Avec Cootie Williams (Master Jazz 8892853)
Winchester, Lem: Patrolman (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 731)
Winchester, Lem: Winchester Special & Another Opus (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 733)
Winchester, Lem: With Feeling + Nocturne And More . . . (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 737)

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BACK COPIES

All issues of Jazz Journal since its relaunch in May 2009 are available from our back copies department, along with copies going back many more years. Among the key features of recent issues are these:

February 2013: Gilad Atzmon, Bob Belden, Tori Freestone, Readers' Poll 2012, Bennie Green, Beverly Kenney
January 2013: Tenors of the Time: Rollins/Getz/Coltrane, Critics' Poll 2012, Manu Katché, Julian Joseph, TCB profile
December 2012: Duško Gojković, Simon Spillett pt 2, Jacob Karlzon, Warren Vaché, Paul Winter
November 2012: Simon Spillett, Jim Mullen pt 2, Brandon Allen, Marcus Printup, Ruby Braff pt 2, Piano Jazz 5
October 2012: Jim Mullen, Spike Robinson, the new NYJO, Ruby Braff, Bobby Worth, Piano Jazz 4
September 2012: Marius Neset, Jazz Book Club, Summer festival reports; Bob Gordon, Thelonious Monk
August 2012: Bob Mintzer, Decibel Records, Elliot Mason, Mark Turner, Kurt Elling, Readers' Poll
July 2012: Joe Temperley, Vijay Iyer, Steve Brown, Enrico Tommaso, Yuriy Galkin, Maynard Ferguson
June 2012: Bucky Pizzarelli; jazz and jingles; jazz and strings; Gordon Beck; Mike Garrick; Robert Glasper
May 2012: Kenny Garrett; Geoffrey Smith; Microscopic Septet; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 3; John Picard Pt 2
April 2012: Art Themen; ACT Music; Enrico Pieranunzi; Clare Fischer; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 2; John Picard Pt 1
March 2012: Randy Brecker; Phil Robson; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 1; Straight Ahead: fears for UK grass roots 
February 2012: Critics' Poll 2011; Tord Gustavsen; Jeff Hooper, Andrew McCormack, Jason Yarde, New York Live
January 2012: Ron Carter; Etta James; Dave Kelbie; Matana Roberts; Joe Harriott II; Claude Thornhill; Jack Bruce
December 2011: Jerry Bergonzi; Michael Cuscuna; Ruby Braff; Joe Harriott I; Wadada Leo Smith; Josh Kyle
November 2011: Randy Sandke; Serge Chaloff; Barbara Thompson; Buddy Greco; Graham Collier, Felsted
October 2011: Louis Armstrong; Wynton Marsalis; Dena DeRose; Iain Ballamy; two-bar breaks; absent reissues
September 2011: Alan Skidmore; Guy Barker; Joan Viskant; Eddie Finckel; Joe Mudele; London record shops
August 2011: Dan Block; Courtney Pine; DVD review special; Artie Shaw; Ray Bryant, Ottilie Patterson
July 2011: Mike Stern; Monty Alexander; Dave Stapleton; Kyle Eastwood; Ingrid Laubrock; Per Husby
June 2011: Bill Charlap; Rumba Jazz I; Brit piano V; Led Bib; Stan Sulzmann; Ray Smith; Chu Berry
May 2011: Toots Thielemans; Oscar Peterson; Dexter Gordon; Nikki Yanofsky; Ethan Iverson; Brit piano IV
April 2011: Jon Hiseman; Sonny Stitt II; Jason Moran; George Wein; Tony Kofi; Brit piano III;
March 2011: Sonny Stitt I; The Claudia Quintet; Ian Shaw; Geoff Eales; Brit piano II; Coltrane pt 2
February 2011: Bobby Wellins; Critics' Poll 2010; Coltrane: a minority view, part 1
January 2011: Esperanza Spalding; The Brubecks; British jazz piano part I; Vinyl Verdict
December 2010: Chuck Berghofer; Sal Mosca; Ravi Coltrane; Bob James; Cork Jazz Festival
November 2010: Mose Allison; British rhythm IV; The Either/Orchestra; Bob Weinstock
October 2010: Gary Smulyan; Orrin Keepnews; Brubeck IV; Brit beat III; Brecon report
September 2010: Philip Larkin; Bill Mays; Brubeck III; Brit beat II; Festival reports
August 2010: Tommy Smith; Brubeck II; British beat I; Lester Koenig; Edmund Hall 
July 2010: Dave Brubeck part I; John McLaughlin; Frank Holder; Steve Lacy
June 2010: Vibes now: Joe Locke, Jim Hart; Frank Griffith's cool school; Artie Shaw centenary  
May 2010: Herb Geller; British drummer John Marshall; Django Reinhardt; Alec Dankworth
April 2010: Judy Carmichael; crime writer John Harvey; Milt Jackson IV; producer Alan Douglas  
March 2010: Dave O'Higgins; Milt Jackson III; Alun Morgan's Lost In Meditation; John Dankworth remembered
February 2010: Gerald Wilson; Milt Jackson II; Critics' Poll 2009; Dave Gelly on the roots of Milesian modalism
January 2010: Milt Jackson; Paul Booth; Sheila Jordan part 2; In My Opinon: Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; The Test: Ken Peplowski; Grant Stewart; Creed Taylor; Lita Rosa; C-melody saxophone
October 2009: Hank Jones; Sheila Jordan part 1; Curtis Counce; Omar Puente; Spike Heatley
September 2009: Liam Noble; Woody Herman part 4; Sandy Brown; Graham Collier; Summer festival roundup
August 2009: Lee Konitz; Woody Herman part 3; Georgia Mancio; Standard Time - John Altman digs deep
July 2009: Mark Murphy; Woody Herman part 2; Do Children Get Jazz?
June 2009: Julian Lage; The Test: Tim Garland; John Levy; Woody Herman part 1
May 2009: Benny Golson; Critics' Poll 2008

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